PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a pastor who believes volunteering is the lifeblood of many organizations, Pastor Paul Andrew
promotes an article
in Yahoo! News that outlines why volunteering is crucial on a professional and personal level. The report recalls a study by financial and consulting firm, Deloitte, which revealed that skills-based volunteering enhances job prospects, "with more than three-quarters of human resources executives saying it makes a job candidate more desirable."
Pastor Paul Andrew also believes that giving back to the community can boost an individual's chances of finding work. "I don't know where we'd be as a church without the incredible volunteers that make Liberty Church
happen every single week," he said. "But one of the beautiful things about true volunteering is that even as you serve others you gain valuable skills and experience along the way. Not only that, but for a job seeker it is an opportunity to demonstrate your work ethic and pick up some references to help you as you interview for paid employment."
The article spotlights Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Many of us in the volunteer sector have long felt volunteering gives a boost to those looking for work, but we've never had solid research to back it up," she said. "Volunteering can provide the skills, contacts and leadership qualities that make you stand out in a competitive job market." According to the study, "Volunteering can pay particularly high dividends for graduating college students and returning military veterans." Close to 80 percent of the human resources executives surveyed feel skills-based volunteering improves the job prospects of new grads and vets."
However, even though evidence indicates that the skills and experience gained through volunteering offers a competitive edge, job candidates seem unaware of the boost that volunteering can bring in their job search: "Less than half of the college students and military personnel surveyed think of volunteering at a nonprofit as a way to develop skills and gain the experienced needed to land a future job." Paul Andrew believes experienced volunteers can help others see the upside of volunteering as a bridge to full-time job opportunities.
The study revealed that "nearly 90 percent of those surveyed think volunteering contributes toward an employee's positive reputation, while 65 percent believe the experience is beneficial for an employee." Taking the time to volunteer holds many benefits, from health perks to harnessing the necessary skill set for a job. Pastor Paul Andrew believes the networking relationships built through volunteering are valuable for multiple reasons, two of which are to acquire references and sometimes the possibility of an open door leading to a prospective job.
Pastor Paul Andrew
and his wife, Andi Andrew, are the Lead Pastors of Liberty Church, a Christian community in New York City that they pioneered after moving to the city in 2010. The church is vibrant, diverse and generational while also heavily involved in the needs of the wider community both locally and globally. Together they have a "2020 Vision" to impact ten communities in ten years by the year 2020, and have so far begun works in Lower Manhattan, Union Square and Montauk with new communities currently developing in Brooklyn and London, England. In 2008, Paul launched his own business called The Leadership Coach, and in his spare time he continues to work around the world in the corporate sector as a professional speaker and management consultant. Originally from Australia, Pastor Paul Andrew lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their four children.